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COMMAND

A COMPLETE LIST OF OUR ACTIVE COMMAND STAFF & KEY PERSONNEL

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LINE OFFICERS

LINE OFFICERS

2022 - 2023

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CHIEF 6-1

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1ST ASSISTANT CHIEF 6-2

PETER GESSNER

Proudly joined the Hillcrest Fire Company in 1993. Currently holds the position of First Assistant Chief. 2015-2016 past President.


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2ND ASSISTANT CHIEF 6-3

CHRISTOPHER BOWERS

Chris has been a member of the Hillcrest Fire Company for 30 plus years.
He has been a past Chief of the department and is currently an Assistant
Chief and Company Trustee. Chris holds degrees in Business
Administration and Computer Science and works for a large multinational
organization. He has been awarded numerous citations for life saving
actions as well as Firefighter of the Year, Presidents Award, Top
Responder and Top Driver. As Assistant Chief he is responsible for
supporting the Chief of the department with Fire Company operations.

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CAPTAIN 6-4

ORIN BEN-JACOB

Orin joined the Hillcrest Fire Company in 2005 as he turned 18. He has served as a line officer for the last 10 years and as Captain since 2021.  He also performs the duties for the Fire Company as Asst. Secretary. Orin graduated with a degree in architecture from NYIT and a Masters in Construction Management from NYU. Orin Currently works for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Construction and Development. He has been awarded numerous citations for life saving actions as well as Firefighter of the Year, Presidents Award, Chiefs Award, Top Responder, Top Driver and a Community Contribution citation regarding his many years as the Fire prevention officer. He was born in Rockland County and currently resides there with his wife, Brittany who is an active member of the fire companies ladies auxiliary and two children, Isabella and Gabriel. As Captain he is responsible for department wide training.

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LIEUTENANT 6-5

CORY MARTIN

My name it’s Corey Martin, I’ve been a member of the fire company for 16 years. I currently hold the position of lieutenant. My position requires me to be in charge of all fire district vehicles. I am a fire inspector here in Rockland County and have an associates degree in criminal justice. Throughout my career I have attended various training here in Rockland County and through New York State both for my career and my position in the fire company. I am an honorary member of the Columbians fire engine company in (Spring Valley) and the Rockland county volunteer fireman‘s Association. I joined the fire service because it is a family legacy of mine and to help others.

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1ST LIEUTENANT 6-6

MATT BONEY

My Name is Matthew Boney, I have been a member of the fire company for 13 years. I Currently hold the position of 1st Lieutenant. My positions requires me to oversee all of our firefighting equipment on all of our apparatus. My job is to make sure all equipment is in working order, have any broken equipment fixed or replaced. I oversee researching new equipment that would be useful and beneficial to our department, and purchase any new equipment needed for our department. I am a career firefighter full time. I have some college from St. Thomas Aquinas College, but left college during my final year of my bachelor’s degree in business management to start my career in firefighting. I started my passion with being a first responder 19 years ago by joining the Rockland County Fire Explorer post, which then lead me to join the stony point Ambulance corp. at a young age. Over the years I was also associated with the Haverstraw Ambulance Corp. and the Thiells Fire Department. I worked career EMS before starting my career as a Firefighter. I grew up as a kid who played with Firetrucks, would go to the fireman’s parade, and enjoyed the idea of being a firefighter. As I grew older and would watch the tv shows and movies the idea of being a first responder and helping others seemed to be what I wanted to do. Once I was of age to start joining these different organizations, I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to being a first responder and help who ever I could. The passion has driven me to live out my dreams from when I was just a little kid.

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2ND LIEUTENANT 6-7

DEREK MEHU

Hello , my name is Derek Mehu. I have been a member of the company for about 13 years. I currently hold the position of 2nd Lt. My position requires me to prepare probationary firefighters to be cognizant with the tools, tactics , and procedures that our company utilizes to mitigate emergency situations. My current occupation is being a firefighter for the city of New York . I have a degree in Fire protection technology from SUNY Rockland . At 18, I received my NYS EMT certification, and subsequently joined the FDNY as an EMT. At 21 , I qualified as a Chauffeur for all the apparatus our company employs. Training never ceases, so we are constantly learning and recertifying to be the best we can at our craft. Throughout the years , I have joined many associations including Rcvfa and FASNY. My ambition for joining the firehouse started at a young age. I was intrigued with the way firefighters operated. Working with other firefighters is a team oriented task , similar to how sports teams or the military work together to accomplish a goal. The work can be very physically demanding , but the reward of a job well done and everyone going home safe is what the job is all about . You become a family , and learn a lot of things in life you may not have picked up elsewhere , which is why Joining was one of the best decisions of my life .

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1ST ASSISTANT ENGINEER 6-8

JEFF POTISCHMAN

Hi. My name is Jeffrey Potischman and I have been a member of the Hillcrest Fire Company since January of 2012. Over the years I have the opportunity to be a member of the fire company’s F.A.S.T, and ice rescue team, and worked my way up to becoming a Chauffeur. Currently I serve as an Engineer and as the Treasurer of the Fire Company.

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2ND ASSISTANT ENGINEER 6-9

KEVIN STARR

My name is Kevin Starr, I have been a member of the fire company for 18 years. I currently hold the position of assistant engineer. My position requires me to be the lead bail out instructor and flyer trainer for members learning to operate our ladder trucks. I am a general contractor foreman by trade and I have attended numerous training classes throughout my career in the fire service to aid me in my position. I am also a member of the RCVFA and the Rockland County safety officers. I joined the fire service to help others in their time in need.

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3RD ASSISTANT ENGINEER 6-10

SETH CONKLIN

Seth Concklin joined the Hillcrest Fire Company in 4/1/2004. He has became a line officer in 2020. Seth also served his country as a US Marine. He did 2 deployments in Afghanistan, while over seas he was a Machine gunner in the infantry. In 2009 Seth was injured in combat and received the Purple Heart. Seth then got out of the Marines, he then came back to work with his family at their family business. As 3rd Assistant Engineer he is responsible for all the Scott packs and bottles.

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4TH ASSISTANT ENGINEER 6-11

MANNY CARMONA

My name is Manny Carmona, I have been a member of the fire company for nine years. I currently hold the position of assistant engineer. My position requires me to work with fire apparatus crews during Monday night maintenance and to assist the opera officers in organizing parade cleanups and keeping the fire house is clean and organized during Monday night maintenance. I am a building and fire inspector by trade and have received training to become a certified building code official. I have also attended numerous training classes to aid me in my position. I am a member of the New York State building official conference and the American legion. I join the fire service to help serve and protect the community as a first responder.

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5TH ASSISTANT ENGINEER 6-12

NEIL ARMIDA

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Line Officers

HOUse OFFICERS

2022 - 2023

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PRESIDENT

KEVIN KEATING

Joined Hillcrest fire company in 1990 became Vice President in 1995-1996 , became president in 1997-1998 , remained active in different roles became president again in 2021 to present

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VICE PRESIDENT

GARY WREN

Gary Wren has been a member of the Company for over 54 years. Throughout his tenure he has held numerous positions and currently holds the position of Vice President. As Vice President Gary assists the President with company matters and conducts meetings in the Presidents absence. Gary retired from the Town of Ramapo DPW. Gary has attended a multitude of classes and training throughout his 5 decades of service for his various positions and attended trade school to be a plumber. He is a member of the RCVFA, where he served as President, Rockland County Chiefs, Rockland County Safety Officers, Board of Directors, and the Fire Advisory Board, where he served as a past chairman. Gary joined the fire department to continue a family legacy of service.

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RECORDING SECRETARY

STEWART RHYMER

My name is Stewart Rhymer I’m a retired man of a certain age I am currently a four year member of the Hillcrest Fire department, a house officer and on the executive board on at least four different associations with in the fire service.

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CORRESPONDING SECRETARY

BRETT LEVINE

Brett Levine is our Corresponding Secretary and has been a member for 33 years. Brett handles all of the official correspondence for the fire company and will format any official documents that need distribution on behalf of the fire company. Brett is a Police Dispatcher by trade and Received his B.S in public safety administration. He is a member of the RCVFA and FASNY. Brett has also served as our Companies President. Brett joined the department because he was influenced by his Uncle who was a Chief in Westchester County.

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ASST. SECRETARY

ORIN BEN-JACOB

Orin joined the Hillcrest Fire Company in 2005 as he turned 18. He has served as a line officer for the last 10 years and as Captain since 2021.  He also performs the duties for the Fire Company as Asst. Secretary. Orin graduated with a degree in architecture from NYIT and a Masters in Construction Management from NYU. Orin Currently works for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Construction and Development. He has been awarded numerous citations for life saving actions as well as Firefighter of the Year, Presidents Award, Chiefs Award, Top Responder, Top Driver and a Community Contribution citation regarding his many years as the Fire prevention officer. He was born in Rockland County and currently resides there with his wife, Brittany who is an active member of the fire companies ladies auxiliary and two children, Isabella and Gabriel. As Captain he is responsible for department wide training.

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FINANCIAL SECRETARY

CHRIS KEAR

Chris has been a member of the Fire Company for 35 years and currently serves as our Financial Secretary. Chris is in charge of preparing the financial reports for the company meetings. Chris is a retired career firefighter from Greenwich Connecticut. Chris also served as a line officer and served as our Chief from 2007-2009. Chris is currently the Director of Fire and Emergency Services for Rockland County. Chris received his degree from Mercy College with a B.S. in Public Safety-Fire Science.

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TREASURER

JEFF POTISCHMAN

Hi. My name is Jeffrey Potischman and I have been a member of the Hillcrest Fire Company since January of 2012. Over the years I have the opportunity to be a member of the fire company’s F.A.S.T, and ice rescue team, and worked my way up to becoming a Chauffeur. Currently I serve as an Engineer and as the Treasurer of the Fire Company.


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ASSISTANT TREASURER

TONIANN ZAHLMANN

My name is Toniann, and I have been a member of Hillcrest Fire Company for 14 years. I am the Assistant Treasurer, which requires me to assist the Treasurer with any financial matters for the department. I am also a member of RCVFA. I am a Behavior Specialist. My degrees include LMSW, and a BA in Forensic Psychology. I became a member of the fire service to help serve my community.

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CHAPLAIN

FRANK BIFULCO

38 yr./life member. Chief (2003-2005) Chaplain (2007 to present) Department Safety Officer(2005 to present)

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ASSISTANT CHAPLAIN

YVONS LOUIS

My name is Pastor Yvons Louis, I have been a member of the Fire Company for 13 years and currently am the assistant chaplain. As the assistant chaplain I assist the chaplain with meeting prayers and with members in need of spiritual counseling. I am a small business owner here in Rockland county. I have received my degree in business administration from SUNY Rockland and have received my certificate in Christian Political Science with a focus on International relations from Logos Christian Institute and The Vocational Institute of Technology. Throughout my career I have served on many professional and spiritual committees both here in Rockland County and throughout NYC. I joined the fire company to help people and to serve my community.

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SERGEANT AT ARMS

ROMEL CRUZ

Rommel has been a member of the Fire Company for the past 28 years and currently serves as our Sgt at Arms. Rommel or “Mel” is responsible for maintaining order during our company meetings and maintains our meeting attendance. Mel is a Correction Officer and received his B.S.N. Mel joined the fire company to help the community.

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PROPERTY CLERK

DAVE STREICHERT

Dave is a 32 member of the Fire Company and currently serves as our Property Clerk. As the Property Clerk Dave is charged with maintaining the department property that is available for members to rent. Dave is a retired Police officer by trade. Dave served as our President from 2003-2004 and served as a line officer. Dave is a member of the Rockland County Pipes and Drums and is their Pipe Major, and a member of the R.C chiefs association and RCVFA. Dave joined the fire company to continue the legacy of his father and his brother.

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STEWARD

BILLY MARTIN III

William or “Billy” has been a member of the company for the past 31 years and is currently our Steward. The steward is in charge of our kitchen and organizing events held at the fire house. Throughout his tenure he has served as our President twice. Billy was our President from 2001-2002, and again from 2013-2014. Billy is a career carpenter by trade. Billy is a member of the RCVFA and The Blue Vests. Billy joined the Fire Company to help the community.

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TRUSTEE

CHRISTOPHER BOWERS

Chris has been a member of the Hillcrest Fire Company for 30 plus years. He has been a past Chief of the department and is currently an Assistant Chief and Company Trustee.  Chris holds degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science and works for a large multinational organization. He has been awarded numerous citations for life saving actions as well as Firefighter of the Year, Presidents Award, Top Responder and Top Driver. As Assistant Chief he is responsible for supporting the Chief of the department with Fire Company operations.

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TRUSTEE

PAT O'CARROLL SR.

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TRUSTEE

TIM WREN

My name is Tim Wren, I have been a member of the fire company for 37 Years. I currently hold the position of Trustee. My position requires me to oversee fire company property and business. I am a landscaper by trade and hold a Bachelors of Science degree. I am also a member of the RCVFA, Rockland County Chiefs Association and the HVVFA.

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TRUSTEE

CHARLES COFFMAN

I am 40 years + in Hillcrest fire department and a trustee. I have an associates degree in fire technology & many hours of training and still learning. We are doing this for our family and community. The people we do this with have the same ideals of putting our selves in danger to save others and property. 

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TRUSTEE

MATT BONEY

My Name is Matthew Boney, I have been a member of the fire company for 13 years. I Currently hold the position of Trustee. My positions requires me to work with our 4 other trustees to oversee and maintain the fire company owned firehouse and property. Together we make sure the building and property are in good order and make any necessary repairs or upgrades. We Also oversee and maintain company bought property, equipment and uniforms for parades and special services. I am a career firefighter full time. I have some college from St. Thomas Aquinas College, but left college during my final year of my bachelor’s degree in business management to start my career in firefighting. I started my passion with being a first responder 19 years ago by joining the Rockland County Fire Explorer post, which then lead me to join the stony point Ambulance corp. at a young age. Over the years I was also associated with the Haverstraw Ambulance Corp. and the Thiells Fire Department. I worked career EMS before starting my career as a Firefighter. I grew up as a kid who played with Firetrucks, would go to the fireman’s parade, and enjoyed the idea of being a firefighter. As I grew older and would watch the tv shows and movies the idea of being a first responder and helping others seemed to be what I wanted to do. Once I was of age to start joining these different organizations, I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to being a first responder and help who ever I could. The passion has driven me to live out my dreams from when I was just a little kid.

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TRUSTEE

JEFF FACINELLI

Jeff has been a member of the Fire Company for 28 years and is currently one of our Trustees. The position of trustee requires members to be in charge of the Company grounds and supplies. Trustees additionally distribute uniform supplies to new members. Jeff is a career Firefighter in a large municipal department by trade. Jeff received his B.S degree in Fire Science Administration. He belongs to the RCVFA and the HVVFA. When he was asked why he joined the fire company he said “I wanted to give back to my community.”

House Officers

COMMISSIONERS — MOLESTON FIRE DISTRICT 

2022 - 2023

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COMMISSIONER - CHAIRMAN

GLENN ZAHLMANN

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COMMISSIONER - VICE CHAIRMAN

PETE CARNEY

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COMMISSIONER

PATRICK O’CARROLL

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COMMISSIONER

LLOYD HOVELMANN

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COMMISSIONER

BILL MARTIN

William or “Billy” has been a member of the company for the past 31 years and is currently our Steward. The steward is in charge of our kitchen and organizing events held at the fire house. Throughout his tenure he has served as our President twice. Billy was our President from 2001-2002, and again from 2013-2014. Billy is a career carpenter by trade. Billy is a member of the RCVFA and The Blue Vests. Billy joined the Fire Company to help the community.

Commissioners — Moleston Fire District

LADIES AUXILIARY

2022 - 2023

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PRESIDENT

BRITTANY BEN-JACOB

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VICE PRESIDENT

LYNNE ZAHLMANN

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TREASURER

DONNA O’CARROLL

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RECORDING SECRETARY

CASEY COLLINS

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SECRETARY

BIANCA BONEY

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Ladies Auxiliary
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